In the Now and Here…
To misquote Nietzsche: “The advantages of our media — nothing is true and everything is permitted.”
With people everywhere decrying, “Fake News”, the alternative — the truth — doesn’t seem to be available anywhere. Websites are proliferating which offer the real news, but even their readers are left wondering what “versions” of the news are trustworthy.
The key is simple: nothing in today’s media is trustworthy; nothing can be called “truth”.
The heart of the problem lies in understanding what is truth. To many people, truth is that which is scientifically verifiable, but today, even the scientists debate amongst themselves what is verifiable and what is biased. Truth is not something contained in a scientific experiment or in the words on a page, no matter what page one looks at, including Scripture.
That’s because truth is not a thing, but a person.
Truth is the person of Jesus Christ. in the gospel of John 14.6 Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man comes unto the Father, but by me.” To paraphrase C.S. Lewis, either Jesus was a con man trying to defraud people, or he was insane — or he was what he said.
There’s a distinct advantage in perceiving truth as a person: you can live anywhere on the globe and have access to truth. Maybe not the truth about the latest accusations against a prominent politician, but you have the truth about the next step you need to take in life, how to get through the difficulties challenging you, what to say to your spouse in order to bring about peace.
These are the truths you live by, and in relationship to the person Who is Truth, He’ll guide you. In fact, the Scriptures promise He’ll guide you into all truth, walking beside you in the midst of life’s demands.
Don’t despair over Fake News; set those concerns aside because this is where truth counts — in our now and here. And He will never forsake you.